Italian-American activists say Chicago mayoral candidate has promised to return Columbus statues

Mar 06, 2023 477

Activists rallied Sunday in front of Chicago mayoral candidate Paul Vallas' headquarters to demand a controversial piece of history be returned to Grant Park. They said Vallas recently promised the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans that he will put the Christopher Columbus statues back in Grant Park and Arrigo Park. Vallas has not made that statement publicly, and his campaign did not return FOX 32 Chicago's requests for comment.

"The confusing thing is he's saying it behind closed doors, he's not saying it in public," said activist Frank Coconate. "We want clarification. We don't want to just go out there and support a guy that saying it behind closed doors because we've been let down in the past by [Mayor Lori] Lightfoot and other people."

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